Research course

International Relations

Institution
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of International Relations
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A Merit in master’s degree with strong merit in the dissertation element or equivalent.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme offers you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to international relations scholarship. You will begin on the MPhil and be upgraded to PhD status after passing a research panel with two chapters at the end of your second year.

You will benefit from being a part of one of the world’s leading departments in the study of international relations. The Department is organized around four Research Clusters: Statecraft and Security; International Political Economy; Institutions, Law, and Ethics; and International Theory. You will belong to at least one of these clusters during your time in the Department and attend its weekly events. You will be trained in research methods and design. You will also have the chance to participate in the editing of a student-run journal Millennium: Journal of International Studies, which has a major role in the discipline.

The Department has particular strengths in international relations theory, security studies, international political economy, and European studies. As well as Europe, its area specialists cover Russia, Central, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the USA, South America, the Middle East and Africa. Other areas of research strength include foreign policy analysis, nationalism, religion, historical sociology, international environmental politics and strategic and war studies. Many individuals contribute to more than one of these subjects, and there is interdisciplinary work with colleagues in the Departments of Government and International History, as well as through the many research centres at the School.

Information for international students

Please see the Research section of the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 p/a
International students
EU £4,195 p/a Non EU £17,208 p/a

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months

MPhil

full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Office
Email
stu.rec@se.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7955 6613